Golf gaming food and fun on the Mississippi Delta

By Mike BaileyJune 4, 2010, 6:41 pm
The St. Jude Classic (June 10-13) is played at the TPC Southwind, an exclusive private club in Memphis, Tenn. But if you're looking for some good, affordable public golf in a fun atmosphere, you don't have far to go.

Just a half hour or so south of the Memphis airport in Tunica, Miss., on the Mississippi Blues Trail, are three golf courses, nine casino hotels and some pretty interesting stuff to do. Sort of like little Las Vegas in the Delta, Tunica is actually the third largest gaming destination in the United States with plenty of great restaurants, entertainment, and, of course, golf.

It's been an amazing transformation. Fewer than 20 years ago, the Delta was cotton fields -- and lots of poverty. Now, 10 million people per year visit the region, which is also the birthplace of the blues. In fact, just south of Tunica in Clarksdale is where blues legend Robert Johnson supposedly made his deal with the Devil at the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49.

The golf, I promise you, won't disappoint, especially considering the paltry green fees compared to other parts of the country. Tunica National Golf and Tennis is a well-above-average Mark McCumber design with lots of water and bunkers. A tree transplant project has restored The Links at Cottonwoods Golf Course at Harrah's Casino back to the wind-swept strategy that designer Hale Irwin envisioned. And River Bend Links has plenty of knolls, ponds and fun greens.

In the evening, I recommend heading over to Clarksdale to check out a couple of joints owned or co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman. Ground Zero is a retro blues club that features many of the country's best performers, both old and new. And Madidi is a fine-dining restaurant that won't disappoint. (It's not uncommon to see Freeman there himself.)

If you really want to get a feel for region's history, check out Hopson Plantation, which serves authentic regional barbecue and blues. And if you really want to get into the spirit, you can stay at the Shack Up Inn, a collection of restored shotgun shacks, complete with couches on the porch. Apparently, artists, especially, love the Shack Up Inn, drawing inspiration from it.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.